Faith and Joy

First Reading: Isaiah 48:17-19
Psalm: Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19

Never in history has there been a good deal of scientific data or information that can be used as evidence to show that God cannot exist or that His works are a figment of human imagination. Science has proven that we are not at the center of the universe but rather a small speck in a galaxy among millions of other galaxies in the universe. We were not created but most probably we evolved from lower forms of life. Moreover, historians are slowly concluding that many of the stories from the Bible seem to be based more on myth than fact. With all these evidences, it is sometimes easier to doubt, discard our baptismal beliefs, and avoid the message of the Good News by simply not fulfilling our Christian duties or attending Holy Mass.

We need to remind ourselves that God never said that we live in the center of the universe or that we were exclusive from evolution. God didn’t appear to the prophets or to the apostles in the form of an epic drama. Neither did He appear to us in a form that would satisfy any standards of scientific scrutiny. God never came to prove himself but to reveal himself to us.

It’s when we have faith that we may realize He has always been with us. God manifests himself to us through various means. He shows himself through the daily wonders of sunrise and sunset, through inspirational works by many tireless missionaries and lay volunteers. He also shows himself through the simple smiles of our neighbors and children.

It is up to us to do our share in allowing God into our hearts and developing our spiritual lives. It starts with a little faith and when we make the time and the effort to listen to him.

“Lord, open my ears to hear the good news of your kingdom and set my heart free to love and serve you joyfully. May nothing keep me from following you wholeheartedly.”